Perfect Seam Drill - check your shotline


Coach Gleich is a student of the game of basketball. With over 30 years of coaching experience, Coach Gleich has developed a proven way to improve one's shooting percentage.


 

1.   Mark your basketball with a piece of colored tape.

2.      What to Look For

            A. Wrist Cocked before the Ball is Received.  “Block & Capture” technique.

B.      2 Shooting Fingers directly behind the ball and above the Bicep Muscle.

C.      Footwork Consistent – Shooting Foot in Front of Off Foot.

D.      Ball kept in Front of Body – not behind the Head.

E.       When Ball Released, are Elbows Above the Eyes

  3.      Faults:

                        A.  Off Hand Interference  (Want One Hand Release)  *Use Shooting Strap

B.      Vertical Alignment  (Eye, Hand, Elbow, Knee, Foot on “Shot Line”)

C.      Arc (Elbows need to be Above Eyes) – (Both hands above head)

 

4.      To Check Perfect Release

     Seam Drill:  Use Ball with White Vertical Line

     Shows Proper Release/Force on Ball  (What Fingers leave the ball last)

            Options:  

            A.  Index Finger

                        B. Middle Finger

                        C. Straddle (Index & Middle Fingers)

 

5.      3 Most Common Reasons for Left/Right Misses:

A.      Off Hand Interference

B.       Vertical Alignment

C.       Balance  (Right/Left or Front/Back)  *Head weighs 13 lbs.

 

6.      4 Most Common Reasons for Long/Short Misses:

A.      Arc  (82% of misses due to Arc)  Elbow must be above Eyes.

B.       Body Balance  (Flex at Knees & Hip)

C.       Ball not starting low enough (Shooting Pocket – especially young players).

D.      Slow Release (Shoot on Way Up – Timing of Legs and Arms).

Game Speed -  Count “One Thousand One – One Thousand Two. Ball must be released before you say “..Two

 

7.      Fitness for Shooters:

A.      Ball Slaps  (25)  Wakes up Fingers

B.       Push Ups – Hands Under Shoulders / Elbows against body  (25)

C.       Push Ups -  Finger Tips  (build up to 25)

D.      Ball Handling Drills  (select 5 to 10 drills)

   

8.      Finding Your Personal Shot Line for Free Throw Shooting:

Steps to Proper Alignment:

A.      Determine the “Shooter’s Shotline”

B.       Find “Dead Center Line” to the basket – Use Nail Hole

C.       Connect Shooter’s Shotline to the Dead Center Line. 

     Align your shooting palm, ball & dominate eye with the

     “Dead Center Line”.  Shooting Foot will usually be a few inches

     to the right of the “Dead Center Line” for right handers.      

   Notes:

a.       The better your alignment, the less skill is needed to make the free throw.

b.      If the free throw is not properly aligned, that is:  Personal Shotline adjusted to

       Dead Center line – then you must:

1.      Keep it straight instinctively.

2.      Have the proper arc.

3.      Have the right distance.

c.  If you can get properly aligned, then you can miss a little with your arc

     and distance and your free throw has a higher percentage of going in.